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During December 2009...

End Of Semester Stress Relief

Friday, December 18, 2009 12:58 pm

Early this year, when the Staff Development Committee put out a survey about what people were interested in covering this year, and one topic people had a lot of interest in was stress management. The committee discussed strategies for how to provide programming in this area and decided to hold two stress management programs (one per semester) and a de-stress party between semesters.

The first session on stress management was lead by Tami Colvin from Forsyth Tech. (She also happened to know a number of us from the Bookmarks Book Festival!) Tami’s session focused on identifying stress and stress reactions, and a few techniques to deal with stress once you’re experiencing it. We did a little yoga in our chairs and she worked with us on a guided meditation. Cristina has handouts if you’re interested in any of the material she covered with us.

Yesterday was our de-stress party. We had two Wiis, refreshments, and cookie decorating in the old microtext room. The Wiis were in use for the entire party, ranging from fencing to archery to guitar hero.

Wii Sports

Cookie decorating proved a fun activity as well, with many cookies decorated and consumed! Making Cookies

Cristina organized a contest for cookie decoration and provide a prize, which Molly Keener won for her decoration of a bell cookie.

Cookie Award Winner!

All in all, it was a fun event to spend some time together and de-stress a bit between semesters. Though, as Heather pointed out, some of the Wii games might have been stressful in their own right. :)

A BIG thanks is owed to Cristina. She organized both events. She contacted Tami to invite her for our stress management workshop and coordinated the events of the de-stress party. Several folks pitched in to make sure the de-stress party was fun for all. Barry, Steve, and Patti brought in Wii components for the games. Cristina provided the refreshments of pineapple cake, black bean hummus, salsa, and chips. Kaeley provided ingredients for frosting. Ellen Makaravage made the cookies and frosting for the cookie decorating program (as well as taught many of us how to frost cookies artistically!!). Chris, Travis, Barry and the Staff Development committee set up the event. Thanks for a fun morning, all!

We’re still planning for another stress management workshop in the Spring semester. If you have any other requests for the Staff Development committee, please let us know!

Fun at the 2009 ZSR Staff Holiday Party!

Friday, December 18, 2009 11:58 am

The Von Zac Singers

The Von Zac Family Singers
(Cristina, Craig, Ellen, Heather, Mary Beth, Linda, Prentice (not pictured, sorry!))

Forty five ZSR staffers attended the annual ZSR Holiday Luncheon. It was our third year at Graylyn. The drive into the estate and the walk up to the house are a treat within themselves! The food was simply delicious. The highlight, though, was the revival of our library singing group, renamed The Von Zac Family Singers. The group ( Prentice Armstrong, Linda Early, Craig Fansler, Heather Gillette, Mary Beth Lock, Ellen Makaravage and Cristina Yu) performed three songs. My personal favorite was “So Happy Together.” The lyrics proved beyond a doubt why ZSR has the happiest employees on campus! Following their extraordinary performance, many of us participated in a White Elephant Exchange. A grand time was had by all!

Lyrics to the ZSR Version of “Happy Together”

Imagine Z and you, I do

I think about it day and night

It’s only right to think about the job you love and hold it tight

So happy together

If you should give a call or send email

To say that there’s a need you have, and start to wail

We’re able to respond with flair, and will not fail

So happy together

I can’t see me working for anyone new

For all my life

When I’m working baby the skies will be blue

For all my life

Z and you and you and Z

No matter how they toss the dice, It has to be

The only one for Z is you and you for Z

So Happy Together.

Food for Fines Results

Friday, December 11, 2009 5:53 pm

It is now 5:40pm on Friday, December 11 and while we’ll still continue taking food donations until midnight or so, our Food for Fines inaugural event is coming to a close. We took in a total of 319 cans of food that will be given to Campus Kitchen and distributed to the clients who use their services. The donations will help fill the void (literally) left when Campus Kitchen closes over the holidays.
Food for Fines, December 09.
Thanks for all who donated. The library DVD replacement fund is a little poorer, but we all can feel a little richer having helped those in need in our community this season.

Thank You!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 8:30 am

On behalf of the Staff Association Committee, I would like to say Thank You to all the cash and food donations for the 2009 Turkeypalooza. ZSR staff donated 61 cans of cranberry sauce to Campus Kitchen.

Many thanks and Happy Holidays!

The Staff Association Committee

Extended Hours This Weekend

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:29 pm

Extended hours this weekend!

  • Friday, the 4th – close at 1 a.m.
  • Saturday, the 5th – 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, the 6th – open at 6 a.m.

Wake the Library starts Sunday night.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009 11:29 pm

After 2 semesters of weekly meetings, we are taking a break from Teaching Teaching. We’ll offer a few teaching workshops over the next few months, and when there is interest, energy, and time, we’ll offer another series of workshops again. Please be sure to let us know if you’re interested!!

For the new instructors, Roz is running a series of workshops introducing the LIB100 curriculum. If you’re interested in seeing the work she’s doing there, you can find it in her LibGuide.

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